Questions tagged [everyday-chemistry]

Applications of chemistry to reagents, reactions and processes of everyday life. Use this tag for question on chemistry in an out-of-laboratory/class context. DO NOT use this tag merely because the question is about simple chemistry.

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What's causing my plastic fork to break?

This has been a real mystery for me at work. For the past three days I've eaten salads for lunch. I used a plastic bowl with a lid and when I was finished with the salad, I didn't rinse out the bowl ...
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Is there any bad side effects for using calcium chloride to replace a running dehumidifier?

My dehumidifier costs to much to run, so I’m thinking about using calcium chloride to keep my basement dry(er) ALSO, this may keep my mouse problem to a minimum... my questions are -Will this be ...
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What chemicals are in anesthetic drugs [closed]

What chemicals are there in an anesthetic drug and how it reduces the pain of a person? Are the chemicals used in it safely, dangerous or both?
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Is identifying a chemical equivalent to be able to produce it?

This question is a follow up of another thread, where we are discussing Theresa May's accusation of the Russian government which is supposedly behind the recent chemical attack in the UK. Soon after ...
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Why does lavender oil dissolve plastic?

A few weeks ago I decided to harvest the lavender in my garden and put it through a still to extract the essential oils. The still in question is essentially just an air cooled condenser. I collected ...
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Toxic residue on wood burned with ammonium chloride? [on hold]

I'm thinking of making children's alphabet blocks and burning the letters into the wood with ammonium chloride and a heat gun. Would this process leave any toxic residue on the blocks? Thank you for ...
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Why is the pH level of carbonation loss decreasing then increases afterwards?

We have done an experiment of the titration of unsealed sprite soda to find the amount of carbonic acid being loss on various duration (0 to 1 hour), due to decrease pressure. The calculation was to ...
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Does oil break down condoms?

It seems that every website on sexual health advises against using oil-based lubricants with condoms. It is claimed that "oil breaks down latex". One source claimed that a latex condom completely ...
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Dissolving salt in alcohol [on hold]

Can salt get dissolved in isopropyl alcohol, In order to make the liquid dry out faster and make some quick salt crystals?
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Can we tell if a compound is explosive by just looking at its chemical structure?

If I showed you a compound's chemical structure will you be able to tell if it can be used as an explosive or we can only know that by conducting chemical experiments?
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Upgrading Biocrude Oil [on hold]

Let's say you produce biocrude oil in a wood gasifier, and you want to upgrade the biocrude so that it can be used as a lubricant oil. What would you need to do?
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Potassium carbonate vs. Potassium hydroxide in Wood Ash

I'm trying to get more concrete information about the chemical process of creating soap from wood ash. What I’m confused about: Many soap-making materials say that you create potassium hydroxide ...
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Can we tell the chemical properties of a compound with it's chemical structure? [on hold]

German chemist Joseph Wilbrand discovered TNT in 1863, but the material was not known to be an explosive until almost 30 years later. Do we have to conduct experiment to know properties or can we ...
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Phosphate extraction from sewage

I read that phosphate reserves will exhaust in coming years wiki, why don't we extract it from sewage , is it really that difficult to extract phosphate ?
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Amending soil pH to change the color of hydrangea flowers

I would like to ensure that my hydrangeas are blue. I am told that adding ammonium sulfate or aluminium sulfate will cause the soil to be more acidic. I am also told that adding elemental sulfur will ...
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How to oxidize tantalum? [on hold]

I am interested in learning how to oxidize tantalum. I have seen some tantalum rings that the sellers say is a permanent smokey blackish color. But I've spoken to some people that say tantalum cannot ...
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Cracks in pages [closed]

I have noticed that after using a book for one day, a few pages develop small cracks on them. What is the science behind it and can it really damage a book? Basically, something like this: And, if ...
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Dulong and Petit's rule [closed]

Can someone tell what is Eq. Wt and also that rule doesn't seem right for carbon ( on google the atomic weight of carbon is 12.01 and specific heat is 0.71).
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How effective is a level A hazmat suit for immersion in deadly substances?

I know that level A type hazmat suits can protect against minor splashes, but could somebody in one survive without harm after complete immersion for a few minutes in deadly chemicals such as sodium ...
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Polyethylene glycol [closed]

I used a product on my family containing 90 percent Polyethylene glycol. Now I’m reading how Polyethylene glycol can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and also the lower the weight the higher the ...
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How can I figure out if my store bought chlorine is the percentage it says it is?

Chlorine is an important part of maintaining any pool. I've read horror stories of people buying chlorine from pool stores or big box stores and the chlorine being ineffective. If stored long enough ...
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About Smoke Grenades and Sugar Rockets

The most common formula for smoke grenades and sugar rocket fuel is $60\%\ \ce{KNO3}$ (potassium nitrate) and $40\%\ \ce{C12H22O11}$ (sugar). This is a 3:2 ratio, but I've also seen 2:1 and 5:3 with ...
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Why doesn't the density of water add up? [closed]

If the density of hydrogen is 0.09 g/ml and the density of oxygen is 1.429 g/ml, how is it that the density of water is 1 g/ml?
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natural staining on wood from human skin

I have a question about the dark staining that occurs on my wooden spectacle frames where they rub constantly with my skin around the ears and nose. Can anyone tell me what is causing this? And could ...
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Can a table salt + vinegar mixture be explosive?

I remember having read in a book, Ask Me Anything (Dorling Kindersley), that a combination of copious amounts of table salt and vinegar is explosive. Now this was a really long while back, and I can'...
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How dangerous is superglue? [closed]

A long time ago, when I used to make plastic models with glue, I never wore white gloves when gluing together the pieces, so I often got a lot of superglue on my hands. The superglue, which was very ...
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Is there any replacement for ethyl mercaptan in LPG?

Ethanethiol, commonly known as ethyl mercaptan, is a colorless gas added to LPG in order to detect its leakage. Apart from ethyl mercaptan, is there any gas or liquid that may be used as a ...
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How to dissolve calcium sulfate fast?

I would like to dissolve $\ce{CaSO4}$ in a hardened condition (e.g. gypsum board) as fast as possible. I have seen in posts about $\ce{CaSO3}$ that vinegar and sulfamic acid are able to dissolve it. ...
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How much salt (or any other substance one can find in a kitchen) do I need to add to make water boil at 104 °C? [closed]

I've seen some formulas around in other questions and Google searches, but my chemistry is pretty much dead so I have no clue where to find the relevant values to calculate it myself. I just need to ...
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Can Aquatabs be used to clean swimming pool water?

Can Aquatabs be used to prepare/chlorinate water for swimming? They are used to clean water for drinking so is it safe to assume that if used in proper quantity they can also clean water for ...
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Tape versus 1922 silver coin

I have a 1922 silver half dollar with scotch tape on it. The tape has been on it 50 years plus. It’s dried out and totally adhered to the coin. I’ve soaked it in lemon essential oil and googone but ...
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What causes the really bad smell of rotten potatoes?

Rotten potatoes have a distinctive unpleasant odour, and I can't find any definitive answer as to what the chemical involved is. I was thinking it might be Butyric acid, from the fermentation of the ...
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Does adding slices of lemons to water reduce its chlorine content?

Often restaurants add slices of lemon to water. They seem to make the water taste better and perhaps reduce or at least cover up the chlorine taste. I've heard that Vitamin C tablets can be used to ...
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Is flour or baking soda really suitable for extinguishing grease fires?

I think most have heard the advise that you should put flour (or baking soda) on a grease fire to absorb the oil before. While this is certainly better than using water, I'm skeptical. For starters ...
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How do people know HCN smells like almonds?

I was told by my chemistry teacher that $\ce{HCN}$ smells like almonds. She then went on to tell a story about how some of her students tried to play a prank on her by pouring almond extract down the ...
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Mixing bleach and ammonia?

I know that the two should not be mixed, but i want to know that if the two become mixed in a contained unit, does it build pressure? Or can you seal the container safely untill it can be disposed of ...
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complete evaporation of alcohol from a wash [duplicate]

I have a $\pu{250ml}$ 40% alcohol (80% proof) liquid. How long will it take for all the alcohol to evaporate when the liquid reaches $\pu{100 ^{\circ}C}$?
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How do things glow in the dark?

What makes something glow in the dark? The only explanation that I can come up with for what makes things glow in the dark is that there is probably a chemical reaction slowly releasing the light that ...
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Is it possible to separate/remove sugar from common drinks, such as juice?

Is it possible to remove sugar from a drink (for example, juice) using common household equipment?
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What is the transparent film that covers water-soluble dishwasher tablets?

These dishwasher tablets (Finish Powerball Shine) seem to be covered in plastic! But that can't possibly be true since there's no unwrapping, and they're completely soluble in water. What is the ...
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Regarding common preservatives and their effect

If someone has an average of 1 litre of Coke or Pepsi a day, would this form too much benzene oxide in the person's body or stomach and eventually effect part of their genetics?
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Why do nitrile gloves turn yellow from sweaty hands?

When I take off my nitrile gloves after some hours in the lab, the inside of them has turned yellow. This happens especially in the regions around joints. I suspect this is due to a reaction between ...
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How to effectively get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and smell

I need to get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and its smell and need some chemistry help. Some possibilities I came up with: soap and water to rinse surfaces because soap might help increase its ...
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What chemicals cause the softer, less-raw taste of purified water sold in bottles?

I've seen the post, "What defines an element's taste?", but it doesn't answer my question. I took water that is supplied by the municipality corporation and put it through a gravity based water ...
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Consumer choice; harmful environmental aspects of polyethylene vs polypropylene [closed]

What is the difference between polyethylene and polypropylene in terms of their aspects which are harmful to the environment during manufacture and disposal.
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Which side of an aluminum foil should I put in contact with food?

Aluminum foil has two sides: a matte one, and a shiny one. My question is: which one should I put in contact with food? Criteria are lowest risk of toxicity and best qualities for food preservation (...
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Using a gas stove instead of Bunsen burner for a flame test?

In all chemistry labs we use the Bunsen burner. What's the difference between it and a good old gas stove used in home? Can the stove also be used to get positive flame tests for some cations (like $\...
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Why isn't ethane used for cooking?

We commonly use methane and propane for cooking (and home heating), but not ethane. I would expect ethane to be suitable for this, being in between the two, but I've never heard of anyone using it for ...